I do not think The U.S. handled the AIDS epidemic in the 1980's well at all. With the resources we have in this country there is no plausible reason it should have been ignored like it was. The word should have been spread, treatments should have been worked on more, and it should have been ignored. It shouldn't take famous people getting it to make people aware of it. I think the U.S. handled it way worse than other country because we did not even go near utilizing the resources we have to use.